Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. With food prices rising you don't need to splurge out on expensive prepared food or expensive joints. There are plenty of dishes to be made using foraged food, cupboard staples and cheaper cuts of meat. It's time to delve into my Christmas selection box! All of these recipes feature on the website and were published in The Deux Sevres Monthly Magazine. How about starting Christmas dinner with Seafood Bisque? I know it doesn't sound like it should feature in The Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017 but would you believe me when I say this costs almost nothing to make? Turkey Ballotine is great for a main course at Christmas dinner and slices well for cold cuts too. It's a turkey breast stuffed and rolled and will cost a fraction of a ready prepared turkey crown. The Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017 hasn't forgotten vegetarians. This Festive Nut Terrine is gluten free, as it uses lentils rather than breadcrumbs so it's packed with protein. Being a forager, the chestnuts, walnuts and hazelnuts were free! If you want a gift for a foodie, a tea time snack or something for the buffet, then these Pork Rillettes will be ideal for spreading on crusty bread or crackers. It's basically pulled pork in a jar! I am always being asked to make this Celebration Turkey Pie at buffets. It's great all year round as it only requires dried cranberries and you can substitute chicken bashed or cut thin too. Don't worry if you hate rolling pastry, with this recipe you just keep patching! Using the cheapest and tastiest pork cut this Slow Roast Belly Pork is rubbed with chilli flakes and fennel seeds before cooking and served in squares, rather than slices, for presentation. Is it a pie or is it a cheesecake? It's a Lemon Meringue Cheesecake that is no bake and no fail. If meringue is not your thing then leave it off and add lemon curls or zest instead. I hope that these recipes from The Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017 will inspire you to achieve a frugal French Christmas wherever you are!